The US is still the spam capital of the planet, according to a new study. However, using a different set of metrics, it is being outperformed by the like of Belarus, Peru and Iran. In other words, developing countries are punching above their weight and out-polluting America in the online anti-social behaviour markets. On the other hand, the economic powerhouse of the West is ahead on sheer volume in the race to be the number one conduit of commercialised electronic junk. But, say the experts who produced this report, it’s the developing economies that could be hardest hit by the rise of spam.
America is the biggest spam source in the world, according to The Spampionship, a new league table of the 12 biggest spam-producing nations compiled by security vendor Sophos. China is fast emerging as a major source of unwanted email and Russia is in at number three after doubling its share of the spam market. To paraphrase music chart compilers, America has held onto the number one spot but China is in at number two with a bullet. (Or should that be a botnet?)
The Spampionship is not intended to be a roll call of shame, according to Sophos’s head of technology, Paul Ducklin. He claims that the table is meant to be a thought provoking study rather than a finger-pointing exercise.
“We want people to think about security and the consequences of spam,” says Ducklin. “People tend to think it’s harmless, but it’s damaging of lot of economies.”
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When Ronan Farrow, the young human rights lawyer with a Hollywood lineage, debuts as an MSNBC host on Monday, he will have some prodigious computing power backing him up.
MSNBC has struck a partnership with Vocativ, a digital news start-up, to provide the new program — “Ronan Farrow Daily” — with up to three taped video segments a week. Vocativ mines the Internet for exclusive news and other content with data-collection software traditionally used by governments and corporations.
Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, said Vocativ’s marriage of big data and conventional reporting was an innovative approach to journalism. “It is an additional tool for us,” he said. “And who knows where it is going to go for the entire NBC News group.”
News organizations are in a mad rush to team with new companies that they hope can give them an edge in finding story leads. In forming alliances, they are also seeking to attract younger viewers who are more likely to get their news from sites like Twitter and Facebook than from the evening news.
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While news publishers are starting to turn to paywalls and move away from an almost complete reliance on advertising, game publishers are already creating experiences that attract millions of paying users and, according to Shai Drori of Appsfire who spoke at the event, “most revenue for mobile games is coming from in-app purchases, not advertising.”
Mobile games are generally categorised into two groups when it comes to monetisation: pay-to-play and free-to-play. Pay-to-play apps act much like the paywall of The Times of London, in that one must pay before downloading the app and accessing any of its content.
Free-to-play apps are free to download, and generally a portion of their content is available to all, while certain levels, power-ups, or accessories must be unlocked via in-app purchases.
B2B marketing budgets are rising, but ad pages are declining. This ongoing shift away from traditional advertising creates an expertise gap that publishers should be looking to fill more aggressively with a broad set of marketing services.
Content, of course, lies at the center of this shift – which is good news for publishers. In Ad Age’s annual BtoB marketing outlook survey, 52.5% of marketers said theyplan to increase total marketing budgets in 2014, the first time since 2011 that more than half of B2B marketers expected to spend more than the prior year. Three-quarters said they planned to spend more on content marketing,
The findings are in line with other recent studies. A study by Econsultancy and Adobefound that content marketing was a top priority among 44% of B2B marketers, clearly outdistancing other digital marketing activities. Forrester, in a joint study with the Business Marketing Association, found that that 59% of B2B marketers plan to increase content marketing expenditures in 2014 and that B2B marketers overall expect to spend what analyst Laura Ramos called a “fairly sizable” 12% of budgets on content marketing in the year ahead.
“As buyers rebuff conventional outbound approaches like email and sales calls, marketers must capture their attention through inbound approaches that offer more enticing fare — like benchmarks, social interactions, videos, and games — instead of the conventional product pitch,” Ramos wrote.
MUMBAI: Advertising expenditure in India is forecast to rise by 11.6% during 2014, with spending on digital media growing between three and four times as fast as that on TV and print, a new report has said.
Media investment business GroupM made the prediction in the latest edition of its annual report This Year, Next Year. Digital media were projected to increase 35%, with TV slowing to 12% from last year’s 14.6% and print picking up to 8.5% from 4.6% in 2013.
The report highlighted several factors behind the improvement, the Business Standard reported, including a good monsoon and higher rural incomes and increased spending in an election year.
“We are cautiously optimistic about the media industry in 2014,” said CVL Srinivas, GroupM South Asia. He expected some uncertainty in the first half of the year because of the economic and political environment but added that advertising by political parties ahead of state and general elections would boost adspend by as much as 2.5%.
A stronger second half would drive increased spend in other areas. “Sectors like FMCG, auto and retail will continue a stable increase in ad spends,” he said, “and we will see an increase in rural spending by FMCG and telecoms.”
The report noted that retail’s growth would be helped by the entry of more businesses into the food and beverage sector, regional players stepping up to the national stage and ecommerce reaching into smaller towns.
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Programmatic trading of advertising has been around for a decade or so, but advocates believe 2014 could be the year it breaks out beyond its online display roots and takes hold in other media sectors. A highly complex, computer auction-based system of buying ads – with transactions taking fractions of a second – programmatic trading is similar to how stocks and share are traded in the City. The trading, which takes the form of automated real-time bidding based on complicated algorithms, matches ads with audiences.
Long-established methods of buying and selling advertising, involving transactions between media buying agencies and media companies’ in-house sales teams, are under threat as publishers, broadcasters and outdoor advertising companies eye up the cost-saving opportunities of programmatic trading.
Jay Stevens, international general manager at automated advertising seller Rubicon Project, which last year struck a strategic deal with News Corp to sell its inventory programmatically, says: “We are seeing entire markets moving en masse. Publishers are watching print revenue decline and looking at digital to make up the [revenue] they are losing in print. They have to move to automated trading or they will die.”
Programmatic trading is forecast to grow from a $12bn industry in 2013 to $32.5bn in 2017, across the UK and eight other countries where it is best established, according to forecasters Magna Global. By 2017 59% of UK digital display ads will traded programmatically, the company predicts. However, scepticism persists about this data-led form of trading, particularly about its opaqueness and the loss of human involvement.
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Partnership may change how billions of online ads a day are measured, covering display, video, mobile and any future areas Google moves into.
SAN FRANCISCO — Google signed a major advertising deal with comScore to help the world’s largest Internet search provider win more business from big brands like Kellogg.
Google is integrating comScore’s Validated Campaign Essentials, or vCE, measurement technology into its DoubleClick ad business.
The combination will let advertisers and publishers track online ads in near real time, allowing them to change things on the fly if campaigns are not performing as expected. The addition of vCE will also help Google share more data with advertisers about what types of people see their ads and what their interests are.
The deal, which has been in the works for almost a year, may affect billions of ads a day, changing the way agencies and big companies run and monitor campaigns. This is part of a broader push by Google to attract more big brands, which have traditionally spent most of their money on TV.
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